Category: Autism

  • Note to self: stop working in book publishing

    Today is now a write-off. After my weekly shift at the library this morning I was going to use this afternoon to plan next week’s tutorial and a talk on supporting autistic university students I’m hoping to do next year. Instead I got an email from a client. Sometimes books refuse to die. Sometimes authors […]

  • Public Service Announcement

    ***We interrupt our regular programming to bring you the following public service announcement.*** I’ve seen a lot of tweets recently from autistic people worrying about where they are going to go if everyone deserts Twitter. And I thought I should probably let you know, dear reader, where I hang out. Since if I feel like […]

  • It’s official

    My daughter has autism. It’s basically an open and shut case. They knew she was at the end of the screening assessment. Everything else was just confirmation. I may have had a good cry when they sent me the full diagnosis yesterday. I’m so relieved. I was worried that they’d say something along the lines […]

  • This is why we can’t have nice things

    So I’ve spotted that two people have unconnected from me on social media in the past week. What does that mean? For record, I’m not talking about randos on twitter I’ve never met. But people I’ve worked with, eaten lunch with even. It’s happened before. Someone I considered a good friend appeared as a “person […]

  • On the MIGDAS and other stories

    My daughter has had her autism assessment, the only thing left is for her to fill in a form called the MIGDAS. Despite being only 16 the assessor wants her to do the adult version as she’s clever and shows good levels of self-awareness. But it’s 28 pages long and we’ve been away and her […]

  • Crisis of confidence and impending autism assessment

    No, not mine. My daughter’s. The date for my daughter’s autism assessment has finally come through and it’s next week. I’m dreading it. What if it’s not autism? What if it’s just bad parenting? What if I’m really a refrigerator mother? My daughter’s first CAMHS clinician seemed to think her problems were “family of origin” […]

  • Reflections – 18 months on

    It’s now been 18 months since I realised that I was probably autistic and only a little less time since my GP agreed with me that in all likelihood that was the reason for my emotional difficulties and referred me for an NHS diagnosis. The wheels turn slowly with the UK’s over-stretched health service and […]

  • Female Friendships and Autism

    **This post comes with a trigger warning for suicidal ideation.** I could have made this gender non-specific and blogged about friendship in general. However, the issue is that being a woman who, in the words of Elle Woods “is not completely unfortunate looking” male-female friendship is sometimes complicated. Let’s put it this way – I […]

  • Doing a “values-based integration process” – Unmasking part 1

    I’m reading through Devon Price’s Unmasking Autism: The Power of Embracing Our Hidden Neurodiversity. I haven’t got very far. I’m stuck on page 14, which is the last page of the introduction. There’s this table, right. And you have to fill in five moments from your life when you felt you were FULLY ALIVE (all […]

  • Clumsiness

    I was always the last to be picked in PE class. No one wanted me on their netball team. Not if they could help it. Kate can’t catch a ball. I also fall over. A lot. I have new glasses. The last ones had to be replaced after a literal faceplant while out for a […]